Alan Myers, Halcrow’s former Director of Major Projects has joined Hong Kong’s MTR Projects Division as Chief Civil Construction Engineer. Working under MTR’s Projects Director, TC Chew, Myers will be charged with providing a general overview and independent perspective of the corporation’s US$23bn of rail expansion plans that include the construction of five major new lines totaling some 50km linear length tunnel (TJ June/July). Read more
Shetland Island Council’s (SIC) finance chief, Graham Johnston, has said plans for a 6.3km long sub-sea drill and blast tunnel linking Scotland’s Island of Whalsay to Shetland will be scrapped unless the current US$194M costs can be ‘significantly reduced’ or funding from an outside source becomes available. Read more
In March 2010, contractors celebrated a city-wide excavation record on the Chengdu Metro, of 457.5m in one month. The 6.26m diameter Robbins EPBM has excavated at rates of up to 24 m per day—faster than any of the 11 other TBMs working on the project. The machine began excavation of Line 2, Lot 18 of the Chengdu Metro in January 2010, as part of a project for the China Railway Construction Corp, Ltd. (CRCC). Read more
Korean candidate, Professor In-Mo Lee has been voted President of the International Tunnelling Association.
Lee from the Korean School of Civil, Environmental and Architechtural Engineering in Seoul, won in a secondary vote after not gaining a majority vote in the initial round, beating the French candidate Yann Leblais, and Professor Eivind Grov from Norway.
The election was held in Vancouver at the ITA General Assembly and sees Lee take over as President of the ITA from the UK’s Martin Knights, who steps down after a productive three years in the role.
Italian tunnelling specialist SELI has celebrated its 60th Anniversary by manufacturing a 400-ton, 6.18m diameter DSU TBM painted gold, for the Kishanganga tunnel project in India. The gilded machine was delivered to the main contractor HCC (Hindustan Construction Company) today during an official ceremony at the company’s factory in Aprilia. The DSU TBM will bore 700-1000m under the Himalayas, crossing critical geological conditions of localised poor and squeezing rock as well of fault zones. Read more
Hong Kong’s MTR has invited expressions of interest from contractors wishing to tender for works on the 7km long, US$1.4bn South Island Line (East), that includes the construction of 4km of drill and blast tunnel and two stations, under civil works contracts 902 and 904. Read more
In a deal kept secret until after the UK’s general election, Transport for London has bought out the shareholders of the PPP contractor Tube Lines for US$480M, effectively taking control of the London Underground upgrade back into state hands and terminating what has been seen by many as a disastrous public-private-partnership.
From next month TfL will take full control of the maintenance works on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines, after buying Tube Line’s share capital and loan notes from Amey (a division of Spanish giant Ferrovial) and Bechtel.
Four former employees of Aggregate Industries, N.E. (Aggregate), have been convicted of various counts of mail fraud and highway project fraud and, with the exception of one of the defendants, of conspiracy, for the supply of sub-standard or out-of-specification concrete to Boston’s federally financed Central Artery Tunnel Project (CA/T), reports Leagal Inc. Read more
On the 28th April, China Railway 11th Engineering Bureau Group Limited launched the first of its two 6.2m diameter Robbins EPBMs on Lot 12 of China’s Xi’an Metro Line 1. The second machine will be launched this month.
The Robbins machines will excavate parallel 2.3km long tunnels, passing through four cut and cover stations stretching from Kangfu Road to Chang Lepo areas. The two TBMs will be the first to start excavation on the 26.4km long Line 1, and will be followed by eight other machines excavating their respective lots. Read more
Hong Kong’s MTR has awarded two more tunnelling contracts on the US$5bn, 26km long twin-tube Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). Contract 811a for the West Kowloon Terminus Approach Tunnels North, has been won by the Bachy/Laing O’Rourke JV, whilst the Dragages/Bouygues JV has scooped the adjacent Contract 820, for the Mei Lai Road to Hoi Ting Road Tunnels.
Contract 820 is the final stretch of running tunnel bringing the line into West Kowloon. At some 3km of twin tube tunnel, the JV will use TBMs to bore the 9.2m diameter bores through mixed ground. Contract 811a will be a short, but complex stretch of cut and cover approach tunnel bringing the north tunnel line into the West Kowloon Terminus. Read more